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Babysitter by Hippopottermiss Babysitter by Hippopottermiss
Another hippo or four :)

Hand modelled in grogged white clay and fired twice to 1100C / 1000C

:bulletpurple: More hippos can be seen in my website gallery [link] :bulletpurple:
:bulletblue: or you could see if I have any hippos for sale [link] :bulletblue:
:bulletred: Hippopottermiss is on facebook: [link] and Google+ [link] :bulletred:


Featured by :iconcinnamoncandy: here [link]

and by :iconartofkassie: here [link]
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ORIGINALCUSTOMART Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant work. Please stop by www.originalcustomart.com. Sell your originals, prints, limited editions or digital products. Commissions from 30 - 90% . Hope to see you there
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks but I'm already too busy and I can't sell digital copies of my sculptures - I have to hand make them all :)
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ORIGINALCUSTOMART Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol of course. If you ever change your mind keep us in mind. 
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Leo-Pheonix Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
I never knew hippos could look this cute.
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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Halfling-J Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How do you deal with sculpting an animal with such small legs compared to the body? Is there a certain way you rest them while drying and firing so that there is no pressure on the legs?
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
There is more than one way of dealing with it. One is to prop the belly so that the weight is not so heavy on the legs. That's not what I did here but I do sometimes. I modelled the big hippo and when I did his legs he was upside down on a block of foam rubber. He stayed that way until the next day by which time his legs had dried a bit and I was also able to hollow him out. The extremities always dry faster than the mass. That reduced the weight on the legs too. I then made the babies to put on his back. It was useful that the body had already dried a little because otherwise the babies would have dried too quickly in comparison and would have risked splitting off. I hope that helps?
I don't mind answering technical questions but I would have prefered it if you'd been polite enough to put a "please" or even a "Hi!" in there somewhere! We're supposed to be a community on dA :)
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Halfling-J Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm very sorry! Hello! Please forgive me for being impolite =( I wasn't meaning to be. You're are just such a talented ceramicist I didn't want to put too much in a message, I was just trying to make it short and to the point. I apologize again, I meant no disrespect. 

In truth I wasn't sure if you would reply.

Thank you so much! this was extremely helpful. I too work with clay and create creatures but run in to so many problems with legs. I usually flip the animal upside down and rest them on a mound of clay but this usually makes their back flatten. I'll try foam rubber next time.

Again thank you so much for sharing your technique! And I am so very sorry for being rude. You are an incredible artist and I am very thankful that you took the time to reply to me =D 
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Apology accepted :)

I know you do ceramics because I had a look at your gallery before I replied :D I decided you deserved help. The block of foam rubber (covered in a bit of old tee-shirt so it can be washed) is there to stop the back flattening. I use them all the time. If you check this link out www.jen-robinson.com/photos/ac... you'll see me doing a demonstration at a craft fair. I'm using two blocks of sea-green covered foam rubber because I'm making a pair of hugging hippos. Neither can stand until I join them together so each has his "bed" until they're ready for joining.
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Halfling-J Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you =)

Is there any special name for the foam rubber blocks? Or is that their most common name?

I have to say I am extremely inspired by your body of work; you not only breathe life into your animals with great detail but also give them adorable personalities. I hope it doesn't sound cheesy but I strive to reach your level of skill in bringing things to life! Heart 
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No it doesn't sound cheesy & thanks :) I love giving them all life and personality.

A name for tjhe foam? - No :laughing: Mine are bits cut off an old sofa cushion. Recycling at its best :D I made them removable tee-shirt material covers so I can wash them from time to time or when I change clay. I invented them as a technique to stop soft clay things getting flattened by the board. I don't know why more people don't use them. A lot of the things I use aren't official pottery tools :)
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Halfling-J Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh haha I thought they were something you could find in a store XD I'll be on the lookout for improvised tools from now on =D
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:nod:
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
So precious! masterful work!
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) This is one of my all-time favourites.
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eroltekcan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Great
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eroltekcan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
he..he.he..very nice
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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eroltekcan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
You're welcome...my friend
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ArtUndiscovered Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
I love your work, I wanted to invite you to be a part of artundiscovered, I think your work will do really well on the site.

Hope to see you there

www.artundiscovered.com
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for liking it :hug:
(reply sent in a note)
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Irks-Risk Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
The thing I love most about them are their expressions (:
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
They're a happy bunch.
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artcritter Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything you made is so adorable!
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's a nice thing to say :) Thank you :hug:
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magically-morty Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ohhh my this is so cute!
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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Snoopy1105 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daaww I love it! :3 Really excellent!
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you like it :) Thanks.
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Snoopy1105 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome :)
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AloriaTheZombie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So so adorable!
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D
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Heliocyan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
So cute!! :)
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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kezbabybabe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Yay for hippos!
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:dance:
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elliannah Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
An adorable piece. :)
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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elliannah Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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kendaru-chan Featured By Owner May 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
omigosh i totally love u for making those hippos and i love that u make so many hippos they r my fave animal and the best in the world and they deserve 2 get mor fans and the way u make them so socute they definatly will!:D
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)

I see you haven't got any hippos in your gallery. Have you tried drawing them?

Did you know there is a club for collectors and lovers of hippos? (free) [link]
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kendaru-chan Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
:D
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doloson Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
wow, thats really cool stuff, how long you need for a nice piece like this? - (if i migth ask :) )
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Complicated question.
The basic modelling took me maybe three hours but then there is the finishing, hollowing out, firing, and glazing to add to that.
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spooooonge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009   Photographer
Oooh, amazing job!! I love the expressions on each and every one of them~ :heart:
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:iconhippopottermiss:
Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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spooooonge Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009   Photographer
No problem!! ;P
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kamisch42 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't help but make you smile :D
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:iconhippopottermiss:
Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
I like making people smile :star:
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HajaoqueHouver Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
in your hands ... many animals can be so cute like this haha :love:
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